Seven years ago, on January 9, 2007, during the Macworld Conference in San Francisco, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the very first iphone to the world. That made Steve Jobs as one of the greatest innovator of all times and marked the beginning of a new technological era. The iPhone is now considered to have reshaped the entire smartphone industry.
“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” These were the words of Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, in a keynote address at the Macworld Conference. “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Jobs told audiences. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone as three devices in one: a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. He proclaimed:
Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone…are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.
He wasn’t kidding. Apple brought smartphones to the masses, the Apple iPhone has put a powerful computer into the hands of billions of people around the world. Once on the brink of bankruptcy, Apple is now the biggest technology company on earth.
While the device would not launch until over six months later, that presentation offered the public the first glimpse of what Steve Jobs introduced on January 9, 2007. The iPhone released on June 29, 2007. Seven generations later, the Apple iPhone still dominates 53 percent of the smartphone market with the iPhone 5S and 5C that were released in 2013.
Let’s take a trip down to iPhone’s journey and look at how the iPhone has evolved over the years and also get re-acquainted with the revolutionary phone.
- The first iPhone released on June 29, 2007 was a GSM phone. Apple released the original iPhone in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB models.
- On July 11, 2008, Apple released iPhone 3G with GPS and 3G connection.Apple also introduces the third party applications with the app store.
- The next one was iPhone 3GS that was released on June 19, 2009. Apple gave the iPhone 3GS a faster processor and a higher-resolution camera, with added support for voice controls.
- The iPhone 4 was released on June 24, 2010. The iPhone 4 was the first to feature the high-resolution “Retina display.” Apple also added a front-facing camera for video calls. Apple packed a new design for iPhone 4, replacing the rounded back panel with a flat surface with a stainless-steel frame.
- The iPhone 4S introduced as the 5th-gen iPhone – released on October 14, 2011. With the upgraded camera and processor,Apple introduced Siri, an voice assistant. The iPhone 4S was the first iPhone released after Jobs’ death.
- Apple’s iPhone 5 was released on September 21, 2012 with a upgraded processor – a new dual-core A6 chip. Apple increased the size of the display up to four inches and replaced the 30-pin connector with all-digital “Lightning” connector. The iPhone 5 was thinner and lighter than previous models and also the first iPhone to feature LTE support.
- In the seventh generation and most recent generation iPhone came in two different models – the iPhone 5S and colorful iPhone 5C. Apple released both the iPhones on September 20, 2013. iPhone 5C features a new body made out of polycarbonate comes in colorful options. The iPhone 5S comes with the updated camera and A7 processor. The iPhone 5S features a new TouchID home button with fingerprint recognition technology and the new A7 dual-core processor, making the iPhone 5S the first smartphone with a 64-bit processor.
The journey doesn’t stop here, the next generation iPhone – the iPhone 6 – is expected to release in Q3 2014. Rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone have been popping out at an increasing rate these days, most probably will be called the iPhone 6. Many believe that iPhone 6 will feature a bigger screen, or even iPhone 6 may release in two sizes.
The iPhone has seen significant enhancements in every area in seven years, but Steve Jobs’ January 9, 2007 introduction of the original iPhone will remain one of the important milestones in computing history and also will remain recognizable for all the time.